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The Validity of Much of Published Scientific Research is Questionable (Part 2)
There is both sloppiness and outright dishonesty in scientific publishing

February 28, 2024  •  American Council on Science & Health

In Part 1 of this series, we presented evidence that a not insignificant amount of published science and the "knowledge" resulting from it is wrong. There are many reasons, including experimental carelessness, differences in how researchers approach statistical analyses, journals' bias against publishing negative results, and outright dishonesty by investigators. Part 2 describes how activist scientists can use meta-analyses to manipulate data to reach a predetermined, but flawed, conclusion.

This is the second part of a two-part series. Read part one here.

What is the magnitude of the data fraud polluting scientific research, and what are its sources?

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Science Creep Is A Menace
The journal 'Science' would benefit from having an editor-in-chief who knows what science is -- and isn't

February 26, 2024  •  Washington Examiner

Holden Thorp, the editor-in-chief of the prestigious journal Science, described on Substack a discussion that occurred during the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In the closing plenary session, he posed to a "panel of scientific leaders" the question, "Who is a scientist?" The answers "ranged from very narrow (just people who are doing or planning research) all the way to very broad (every living human)."

Then Thorp offered his opinion:

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AI already plays a vital role in medical imaging and is effectively regulated
Additional regulation would be superfluous and inhibit innovation

February 23, 2024  •  The Hill

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage in many aspects of our lives, from composing students' essays to designing new fashions. Its use in medicine has enabled physicians and other trained health professionals to make more timely, accurate diagnoses and guide effective treatment plans, from patient triage to detecting abnormalities during diagnostic procedures. It is especially good at analyzing X-rays, for example, and has long been used in medical imaging, leading to greater accuracy and improved patient outcomes.

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The Clash Between the First Amendment, Social Media, and "Anti-Vax-Misinformation" (Part 2)
Justice Alito was correct when he wrote (in a previous case), "[T]he right to free speech does not protect false factual statements that inflict real harm and serve no legitimate interest." 

February 22, 2024  •  American Council on Science & Health

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court will determine the extent of permissible federal interactions with private-party decision-making – namely, by social media platforms. The issue is portrayed as a clash between First Amendment rights and public health. This is not a new conundrum, but the involvement of social media is upping the ante. Further complicating the issue is the fact that the platforms acquiesced and voluntarily cooperated with governmental involvement, and while they are the object of the federal "incursions," the social media platforms are not the aggrieved parties in the case.

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The Validity Of Much Published Scientific Research Is Questionable (Part 1)
Without research integrity, we don't know what we know, so it is incumbent on the scientific community to find solutions.

February 20, 2024  •  American Council on Science & Health

The validity of much published scientific research is questionable – so how much trust should we place in it?

An aphorism called the "Einstein Effect" holds that, "People find nonsense credible if they think a scientist said it." We agree, and it's a major concern as trust in science is near an all-time low. There is a lot of nonsense masquerading as science circulating these days. Unfortunately, as a PEW study released last November indicates, it's getting worse.

This is part one of a two-part series. Read part two on Tuesday, February 27.

The importance of independent confirmation

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